Education for Sustainability MSc / PgDip

London South Bank University

Program Description

Education for Sustainability MSc / PgDip

London South Bank University


Education for Sustainability (EfS) offers post-graduate courses from Continued Professional Development to Masters level. They provide personal and professional development for anyone involved in communicating sustainability, whatever the context.

This course is designed for anyone interested in paving the way for a more sustainable world by way of understanding, educating or promoting sustainability. Although most of our students, present and past, are educators, teachers and NGO educational, training or campaigning staff we also draw students from many other backgrounds, such as, health, media, business, government, botanic and zoological work.

Our passion for a sustainable future

Developed in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Oxfam and the EU, It draws on the expertise of environmental and development NGOs as well as the academic and educational communities. It deals with the theory and practice of Education for Sustainability and enables you to explore and expand the role that EfS can play in educational, social, political and economic change.

Internationally recognised

As an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of EfS, we welcome and thrive on diversity and inclusion while offering a range of qualifications with flexible study modes, including distance learning. Since our launch in 1994, we have continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK. The EfS courses at LSBU offer many unique qualities that will enhance your international experience. The existence of the programme at LSBU has been instrumental in the development of LSBU as a United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.

Our roots lie in the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil. There, a commitment was made to integrate environmental and development concerns in the emerging concept of sustainability while emphasising the importance of education's role in building a sustainable world. In response to this a group of development and environmental organisations – with the financial contributions from WWF-UK, Oxfam and the EU – got together with LSBU and the eventual result was our EfS programme, the first ever masters programme of this kind.

2015 African Commonwealth Scholarship Awards

We have 10 scholarships available for 2015 for African & Caribbean Commonwealth Citizens.


All modules make use of case studies and readings from a range of global regions and are designed to be applicable to any type of educational or country context.

  • An Introduction to education for sustainability
  • Values and participation in EFS; from local to global
  • Leadership, learning and climate change: the sustainability revolution
  • Theory and perspectives on environment and development
  • Science and culture in education for sustainability
  • Researching education for Sustainability
  • Dissertation (MSc only)


Employers have found that the programme has enabled students to develop and enhance work practices in the light of current theories and debates. This has led to a number of organisations sponsoring their staff to do the programme as a means of capacity building and staff development. Many EFS graduates have gone onto gain promotion, career advancement or have made use of the course to change their career direction.

The course provides the following transferable skills, which are valued by employers:

  • Effective communication
  • Ability to apply theory to practice
  • Understanding and managing change
  • Problem solving and strategic planning
  • Critical thinking
  • Holistic thinking
  • Curriculum leadership skills.

Professional links

The programme retains close links with experts and practitioners in the field, many of whom are EFS tutors, and the programme is greatly enriched by their contribution. The programme also continues to work closely with a range of NGOs on research and development projects.


Full-time (fast track) attend monthly Saturday day schools on campus.

Part-time are enrolled through distance learning and web activities with optional attendance of Saturday day schools

Teaching and learning

We aim to help you become an effective agent for positive change in learning and education relevant for sustainability. We do so by enquiring into the kind of learning for change in personal, social and ecological spheres that is needed to help understand, develop and promote sustainability. When you complete our programme, you will have achieved the personal and professional development required to be an effective agent for change.

Flexible study options

The course may be studied either full-time at LSBU, or part-time by distance/flexible learning. The part-time distance learning mode is particularly suitable if you are living overseas or working or who find it difficult to attend a traditional course. Students studying part-time by distance/flexible learning based in their home country are not required to apply for a visa. It is also possible to start by signing on for a short course (two modules). Many students start with the short course and then decide to continue for a further award.

Course structure

Sessions are delivered through distance learning and web activities with optional - Monthly Saturday day schools Fast Track - Monthly Saturday day schools.

Learning resources

In an emerging field like EfS the interface between theory and practice is even more important. Theory informs practice and practice in turn nourishes theory. That's why our course materials undergo continuous review and updating. Networking is an essential element for us to consolidate our premier position as a theory-practice interface in EfS. The Blackboard e-learning system used by our programme's provides a platform for students and tutors to learn, discuss and debate various aspects related to EfS, regardless of their location.

You'll receive all the materials they need for independent study within a set timescale, which includes:

  • a Study Guide to introduce the key themes, debates and theories
  • a Course Reader with specialist key texts
  • supplementary material (e.g. additional written material or DVD)
  • access to the EFS blackboard website for online learning opportunities


All assessment is through written coursework. For example, essay writing, report writing, programme design or research studies.

Student run community web page

We have a student run community web page, which gives further information on the subject of Education For Sustainability and our team.

Entry requirements

For successful application you need an Honours degree minimum of 2:2 award from a UK, EU or International University (Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division) or equivalent professional qualification/experience.

We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Although our programme is primarily designed for educators and communicators striving for a sustainable world, we welcome anyone from any other background provided they are committed to becoming an agent for change for sustainability in their professional, social or cultural context. We welcome students from all parts of the world and view this rich diversity as an asset to the emerging field of EfS as well as to our programme.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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16 months
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5,000 GBP
United Kingdom - London, England
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